NORTH KINGSVILLE —
A brisk wind caused American flags to flap in the chilly air Saturday morning as area veterans’ organizations and civic clubs celebrated Flag Day at Greenlawn Memory Gardens.
A week-long Field of Honor flag display, with 400 American flags, ended on Saturday morning with the celebration of the history of the American Flag and a ceremony to destroy flags that were no longer in appropriate condition to be flown.
“The purpose of this ceremony is to honor this flag,” said Jeannette Guris, Exalted Ruler of the Ashtabula Elks Club, in the opening ceremony that detailed the history of the American Flag from 1776 to present day.
George Martello, also of the Elks Club, detailed the changes in the flag as club members displayed the different varieties from 1776 until 1818 when the flag design was stabilized; except for the addition of a new star for each state added to the Union.
Rob Rich, also an Elks Club member, reminded the more than 70 people attending, or participating, that freedom had to paid for by American soldiers time, after time, after time.
“The price of liberty is eternal vigilance,” he said.
Members of the Henry Kalinowski Marine Corps Detachment 782 and the American Legion Post 743 in North Kingsville worked with the Ashtabula County Young Marines and area Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops to properly dispose of flags that were ripped or torn.
Cathy Leonard, of Pierpont Township, said she enjoyed the event. “I wanted to hear the service. I think it is a beautiful thing they do,” she said.
Area residents were able to sponsor a flag for $25 with the proceeds going to area veterans’ groups.
Martha Tessmer carefully claimed her flag at the conclusion of the ceremony. She said her family sponsored the flag in honor of her father James Clancy.
“He just passed last year so we are doing this in honor of him,” she said.